An Analysis of the Difference in Family ‘s Expenditure on Education by Strata and Its Social Implications
Education as part of public undertakings is profoundly affected by social stratification. This article undertakes a by─category analysis of family expenditures on education and has reached three conclusions. Firstly， difference among social strata in paying the two kinds of school─charged fees has been narrowed， confirming that the Government’s policies to rein fees and charges are effective；secondly， the difference in such expenditure lies in the optional items such as school choice and out─of─school tuitions fees， revealing the stratum─based preferences；thirdly， the fees charged by schools to cover the costs of stationeries and accommodations， though not contributing to significant variations among strata， is still imposing heavy burdens on low─income families. On the analysis of statistics， this paper also makes study of the policy and social implications of family expenditures on education， arguing that to improve education budgeting and subsidizing on the stationeries and accommodation will be one of the effective measures to enhance the financing efficacy.
|關鍵詞||教育经济学、政策和社会意义、社会分层、家庭教育支出、social and policy implications、social stratification、family expenditure on education、education economics|